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From 30 June to 12 October 2015

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Peter Lindbergh
One enchanted evening, Taormina, Sicilia (detail)

Zurbarán. A New Perspective

From 9 June to 13 September 2015

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Francisco de Zurbarán
Saint Serapion, 1628
Oil on canvas, 120.2 x 104 cm
Hartford, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, CT.
The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund

Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection

Gabriele Münter
ca. 1908
Oil on cardboard
49 x 33.6 cm
Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid
Numero de inventario
INV. Nr. 688 (1985.17)

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Although her love affair with Wassily Kandinsky from 1902 to 1914 partly eclipsed her artistic personality, Gabriele Münter played a key role in the development of German Expressionism of the early 1900s. Together with Jawlensky and Marianne von Werefkin , among others, she and Kandinsky founded the Neue Künstlervereinigung München (NKVM) followed shortly afterwards by Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider), pioneers in German avant-garde Expressionism.

Portraits were always one of the pre-eminent genres in Münter’s output. As can be appreciated in this self-portrait, dated around 1908 when she was in her early thirties, the painter was particularly interested in capturing moods. Her aesthetic is close to the more textured and expressive late Impressionism, and foreshadows the Expressionistic style of her mature years.

The present self-portrait, which remained in the artist’s possession throughout her lifetime, passed to the Gabriele Münterund Johannes Eichner-Stiftung , which managed the gradual sale of her Estate. In 1970 the work was sold to the Kunsthandlung Franz Resch in Gauting , from which it passed, via the Galerie Wolfgang Ketterer in Munich, into the holdings of the major collector of German Expressionist art Robert Gore Rifkind before being incorporated into the Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection.

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